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Weird Al Says 'Don't Download This Song'

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the really-he-would-like-you-to-though dept.

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Kazzahdrane writes "Known geek and comedy singer/songwriter Weird Al Yankovic has released the first song from his new album 'Straight Outta Lynwood' for free on his MySpace page. The track is entitled 'Don't Download This Song' and tells of the dangers of illegally downloading music from filesharing sites." His MySpace page is most excellent. "Hi. Al here. No, really, it's Al. Seriously. What, you don't believe me? Go ahead, check weirdal.com. Hit the MySpace link. See if it brings you right back to this page. Go ahead. I'll wait. See? It's really me. I should point out... this means that conversely, all those other people on MySpace who are claiming to be me or implying that they are me... are definitely NOT me. I'm sure they're very nice people... they're just not 'Weird Al' Yankovic. I assure you."

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E-Card & Video (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 8 years ago | (#15959017)

What a great song. My favorite lyric is:
Don't download this song
Even Lars Ulrich knows it's wrong
Also mentionable is:
Cause you start off stealing songs
Then you're robbing liquor stores
And selling crack and running over school kids with your car!
You can send this song in an e-card at the URL of the song [dontdownloadthissong.com] (which also hilariously allows you to download this song). You can also listen to it there for those of you who have a proxy blocking MySpace at work or where ever.

I look forward to the music video that is supposed to air on Yahoo music [yahoo.com] at 10:00 PM Pacific Time tonight (August 22nd).

Enjoy one of the last artists that is still concerned about his fans and music no matter how hilarious and campy it may be. He has the sense to realize that he's very well off compared to his fans and jokes about solid gold humvees and diamond studded pools.

Re:E-Card & Video (5, Informative)

RonnyJ (651856) | about 8 years ago | (#15959144)

You can send this song in an e-card at the URL of the song [dontdownloadthissong.com] (which also hilariously allows you to download this song).

It's worth noting that it's also better to download the song from http://www.dontdownloadthissong.com/ [dontdownloadthissong.com] , as opposed to the MySpace linked to in the summary (where the MP3 is 96kbps/22khz, as opposed to 160kbps/44khz).

Re:E-Card & Video (4, Funny)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | about 8 years ago | (#15959252)

Link to lossless torrent?

Re:E-Card & Video (5, Funny)

Shadyman (939863) | about 8 years ago | (#15959289)

Why, didn't you get the memo? More isn't always better.

Ok, ok. I lied. It is.

Re:E-Card & Video (5, Funny)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | about 8 years ago | (#15959417)

Do we seriously care about the difference audio quality between 96 and 160 kbps versions of a Weird Al Yankovic song?! I'm envisioning someone huddled over the controls on their $70,000 147.1 X-TREME SURROUND(tm) system, manually adjusting over 600 level sliders until "Don't download this song" is played in such perfect harmony angels are envious of the orgasmic bliss they experience. Hopefully no one links to a 128 kbps version of "Amish Paradise" lest our heads exploded in fury.

Re:E-Card & Video (5, Insightful)

damiam (409504) | about 8 years ago | (#15959453)

Something is seriously wrong with your ears if you can't hear artifacts in 96kbps MP3. Sure, it's probably acceptable, but if you're actually gonna listen to it why not go for the better version?

Re:E-Card & Video (3, Insightful)

w33t (978574) | about 8 years ago | (#15959203)

Enjoy one of the last artists that is still concerned about his fans and music


Of course you mean that Al is one of the last of the "old-world artists" - our new breed of upcoming new-school artists are born into a world where fame comes before (not neccesarily with) fortune. And this fame spreads as packets riding on word of mouth.

I don't have any right to dictate what is proper motivation or not for a creator, but I think an artist who's primary purpose is to make money has his or her head in the wrong place.

I understand that everyone needs to eat, but I don't see why any artist, no matter how great, thinks he or she needs to drink Cristal.

Make art because you love it, not because you love money. If you love something, set it free!

Oh my, I'm quite the idealist when it comes to art.

Re:E-Card & Video (1)

NDPTAL85 (260093) | about 8 years ago | (#15959275)

What if the greedy artist is better at making art than the artist of modest ambition?

Re:E-Card & Video (1, Insightful)

blincoln (592401) | about 8 years ago | (#15959288)

Make art because you love it, not because you love money. If you love something, set it free!

I'm sure your employer would appreciate it if you applied the same philosophy to whatever line of work you're in.

Re:E-Card & Video (1)

/ASCII (86998) | about 8 years ago | (#15959331)

Are you an artist? Specifically, do you live exclusively of your art? If no, then I suggest you stop telling other people to live up to standards you don't yourself live up to.

I would like it if artists where more concerned with quality then with money. But I try to avoid forcing my views on other people.

Re:E-Card & Video (2, Interesting)

w33t (978574) | about 8 years ago | (#15959429)

hmm. this is the problem with posting quickly while trying to leave work.

I do not mean to imply that artist should not make money - far from that in fact. Of course artists should recieve compensation for thier works. But the leechery of hangers-on that has evolved around the artists of decades past has, I think, created a culture where the motivation to create art for money is out of ratio to what I (in opinion) feel is the proper scope.

Yes, I am an artist - not the best of course - but I make music and such because I enjoy it. I feel that if I were to write better music (and hopefully it is improving) that more people would listen to, and download, my music.

Perhaps even one day I may recieve some compensation to create music (for a film or game). This would be a wonderful confirmation for me, but to make money is not my primary reason for making music.

I do not like the idea that there are famous artists who are in the field purely for the lust of - and most importantly - as the direct result of the money that be.

Money-made artists are what I am speaking of, not artists who make money.

enough of this gay banter, let the buttf'ing begin (-1, Troll)

Asshat_Nazi (946431) | about 8 years ago | (#15959018)

I was still in High School, I had a big cock and was horny all the time, jerked off at least 3 times a day. My body is small and slim with very little hair, 5"4",125lbs. My fat cut 7" cock looked huge on me. I had been jerking off thinking about gay sex lately, I was very turned on by the fantasy of having sex with an older man, and having a cock in my ass.

I got a job working after school and weekends at a antique shop, it was ran by 2 older gay gentleman, very nice gentleman who were always flirting and teasing me. An older very distinguished looking handsome customer came in the store, he was a silver haired fox who looked like he had money.

The owners knew him well, he bought a small end table and asked the owners if I could help him unload it at his house, I thought this was kind of suspicous since it didn't weigh much but my horniness and curiousity made me jump at the chance. We rode in his SUV to a big house in a ritzy neighborhood and I carried the end table into his house. He gave me a tour, it was huge and very nice, there was an indoor hot tub and he asked me if I wanted to soak for a while, I told him I didn't have a swim suit and he laughed and told me I could go without, he always did.

I was getting turned on so I started to undress, my tank top came off first and my back was turned to him and I pulled down my cutoffs, no underwear and bent over to finish removing my cutoffs, it was a turn on to expose my ass to him, he watched me climb into the hot tub, my cock was rock hard. I watched him take off his shirt, he had a sexy chest covered with silver hair, he pulled down his pants and underwear in one motion exposing a beautiful 8" cut cock, very fat. We sat in the tub for five minutes talking, he asked me if I wanted a massage, I moved over close to him with my back to him and sort of sat on his lap, I could feel that big cock, I started moving my ass around until it was between my cheeks, I moved up and down, it felt so hot, made my asshole spasm. He was rubbing my shoulders and back, he reached around and started massaging my inner thighs making my cock twitch, finally he started stroking my cock, I was so turned on it was all I could do not to cum. He had me stand up and started tonguing my ass while stroking my cock, I was in pleasure overload and exploded cum after about two minutes of this.

We went into his bedroom, still naked and dried off, he put his hands on my shoulders and gently pushed me to my knees, grabbed the back of my head and guided me to his cock. I sucked on it hungrily feeling it get harder in my mouth, when he was rock hard he guided me to the bed and had me lay on my stomach. He ate my ass again this time harder, getting his tongue up inside me, this made my cock hard again, I relaxed and felt my boypussie open up. Next he slowly inserted one of his fingers , it kind of hurt at first but then I started to love the feeling. Two fingers was next with some lube, he two finger fucked me for along time, I loved how it felt, like I was getting stretched. I was moaning and moving my ass up and down.

He stopped and put his big cock back in my mouth, I sucked him for maybe a minute and he pulled out and rolled on a condom, had me get down doggie style got behind me and pushed that big cock head against my tight hole. He slowly pushed, I thought it was to big and would never fit, all of a sudden it popped in, the sensation took my breath away, it felt so huge and it hurt a little, but I was starting to relax and it was feeling better by the second.

He slowly pushed in until he was deep inside me and moved in and out very slowly to start with, it still burned but the thought of getting fucked, having a big cock inside me was such a turn on.

He fucked me for a long time, after I got used to it and fully relaxed the feeling was pure pleasure. My cock was rock hard.

The pace got faster and harder, finally I came again, without even touching my cock, such intense pleasure. He came and stayed inside me, I layed flat on my stomch with him still inside me, he slowly went limp, slipped out of me and rolled off me.

Re:enough of this gay banter, let the buttf'ing be (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959063)

WTF man....? i mean seriously...

p1st fr0st (-1, Offtopic)

dbretton (242493) | about 8 years ago | (#15959020)

p1st fr0st p1st fr0st

Re:p1st fr0st (2, Funny)

Kesch (943326) | about 8 years ago | (#15959069)

Hi, I'm part of the reality squad. I feel it is my duty to inform you that you did not get p1st fr0st. Sadly, you recieved the far less prestigous p1rd th0st.

Speaking of Weird Al (4, Funny)

nizo (81281) | about 8 years ago | (#15959024)

I wonder if SCO has licensed his "Dare To Be Stupid" song yet?

Re:Speaking of Weird Al (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959115)

I wonder if SCO has licensed his "Dare To Be Stupid" song yet?


What do you mean his song? We're talking about SCO here. The real question is "Has Weird Al paid the license fee SCO demanded for his use of their song?"

No problem (-1, Troll)

pembo13 (770295) | about 8 years ago | (#15959039)

Interesting how he assumes that most people would want to download his music.

Ascii illustration (5, Funny)

Bobdoer (727516) | about 8 years ago | (#15959072)

Joke:   ->
You:     O
        /|\
        / \

Re:Ascii illustration (3, Interesting)

StikyPad (445176) | about 8 years ago | (#15959213)

Er, the joke is that it's okay to download the song, despite the name of the title.. which implies that people want to download it. I think he got the joke just fine and made one of his own, which you, apparently, didn't get.

Nice avoidance of the /. filters to make that stick figure though.

Re:Ascii illustration (1)

miro f (944325) | about 8 years ago | (#15959357)

Nice avoidance of the /. filters to make that stick figure though.

it was easy... all they had to do was copy/paste it from one of the many other identical stick figure "joke going over your head" stick figures that have been posted by many people on slashdot so far.

in fact the filter probably has the stick figure hard coded into it to make it easier to post. It's only a matter of time until we only have to type <jokeoverhead> and it will do it automatically

Re:Ascii illustration (2, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | about 8 years ago | (#15959402)

Like this?

Joke: ->
You: O /|\
                / \

Re:Ascii illustration (1)

Kazzahdrane (882423) | about 8 years ago | (#15959339)

Nice ASCII art, shame it was in fact you who didn't get my joke.

Re:Ascii illustration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959370)

I'm surprised that passed Slashdot's lameness filter.

Oh, no, nothing to do with 'junk' characters. It's just plain lame.

You're a Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959080)

Interesting how he assumes that most people would want to download his music.
Interesting how you respond to this story like people want to hear what you have to say.

The words 'kettle', 'pot', 'black' and 'calling' come to mind but not necessarily in that order.

Re:No problem (5, Insightful)

Charcharodon (611187) | about 8 years ago | (#15959089)

I will down load it twice, just to show you.

Really if you don't like Weird Al then you must have been unloved as a child.

Re:No problem (1)

colmore (56499) | about 8 years ago | (#15959366)

"Really if you don't like Weird Al then you must have been unloved as a child."

I dunno, the songs are universally less interesting than the originals, and his voice is grating. They're usually good for laughs the first listen through, but I can't imagine owning an album.

Re:No problem (1)

xXenXx (973576) | about 8 years ago | (#15959098)

Dare to be stupid, from the Transformers Movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092106/ [imdb.com] ) wasn't bad. Never liked much of his other music though.

Re:No problem (2, Funny)

Nutria (679911) | about 8 years ago | (#15959478)

Never liked much of his other music though.

Not like Weird Al? You must be Communist. Or live in Oregon. Or both.

Re:No problem (1)

FinchWorld (845331) | about 8 years ago | (#15959104)

"Interesting how he assumes that most people would want to download his music."

Or how you assume everyone has the same opinion as you? Some of his songs are funny, some are not, but Amish Paradise, Fat, and the Saga begins are fantastic, not to mention the music videos.

Re:No problem (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 8 years ago | (#15959229)

Everything you know is wrong.

Re:No problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959241)

"Everything you know is wrong."

Quick, say you know he isn't into beastiality or something!

Re:No problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959295)

Everything you know is wrong.
Yeah, I know. :(

The Saga Begins (1)

krell (896769) | about 8 years ago | (#15959287)

"some are not, but Amish Paradise, Fat, and the Saga begins are fantastic, not to mention the music videos."

I'm sure he must have asked for permission to turn the "Saga" video into an over the top visual Star Wars spoof extravaganza like he did with "Jurassic Park", but a stinge at Lucasfilm said no. The video... ...lacks.

Re:No problem (-1, Offtopic)

Cartack (628620) | about 8 years ago | (#15959107)

Snakes on a plane

Re:No problem (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959123)

Pfft, yeah. He only has 6 platinum records, and 3 gold [wikipedia.org] . You told him!

Re:No problem (1)

Randseed (132501) | about 8 years ago | (#15959140)

Particularly since his web site doesn't offer a direct link, but instead flat-out doesn't work on my system. Nice.

I bought his last album (-1, Troll)

shaze (665876) | about 8 years ago | (#15959075)

Chocked full of DRM-won't-play-on-anything bullshit. I personally blame the label, but Al was noted as being "anti-download" for a long time now. This is just him trying to win back the thousands of fans who couldn't play his last CD in anything except a computer. / For shame

Re:I bought his last album (1)

shawnmchorse (442605) | about 8 years ago | (#15959101)

That's odd, I had no problem whatsoever ripping my Poodle Hat CD into MP3s. Did this happen only in certain regions or something?

Re:I bought his last album (1)

ArmedLemming (18042) | about 8 years ago | (#15959119)

Hmm, I've never had any problems playing Poodle Hat [wikipedia.org] on anything. I've ripped the CD and have been listening to it on my computer and mp3 player for years now... *shrug*

Re:I bought his last album (1)

fohat (168135) | about 8 years ago | (#15959221)

I'm not finding anything to support the OP's claim. Care to back up the statement that Poodle Hat contained DRM?

Re:I bought his last album (5, Informative)

pezpunk (205653) | about 8 years ago | (#15959223)

like the other commenters, i too had no trouble with Poodle Hat.

in addition, as for Al's supposed anti-downloading stance, it should be mentioned that he is in a somewhat unique position: literally hundreds of songs that AREN'T his are constantly attributed to him on file sharing systems, just because they're (ostensibly) "funny". Al maintains a relatively innocent, upbeat personna, but many of the songs misattributed to him are stupid, mean spirited, or far raunchier than anything Al would want to be associated with. it's a significant problem for the guy that goes much deeper than simple lost royalties.

that said, every time i've heard him asked about file sharing, that is how he has framed his response. he doesn't want people to think he wrote "smoke a bowla"

Re:I bought his last album (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959408)

Yeah but "smoke a bowla" is actually really hilarious, and pretty well done. Have you heard it? The dude even sounds a lot like weird al. He should totally take credit for that.

Re:I bought his last album (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959238)

He's not stupid. He's well aware that the music people are most likely to download free of charge rather than pay for is the stuff they have no intention of keeping long-term. (If you really like a song, and are still going to like listening to it five years down the road, you'll happily shell out for a CD).

That category covers Weird Al's entire catalogue rather nicely, though. Really, his songs are mildly amusing for the first few times you hear them - maybe a couple dozen at most. They're not particularly well played / sung / recorded, the lyrics aren't amazingly incisive and won't stick with you in any meaningful way - they're just a source of a quick chuckle. Weird Al more than most is probably feeling the pinch as his bottom line fades away. Really, when was the last time anybody around here listened to "Eat It" or "Like a Surgeon"? The songs he parodied live on much better than the parodies do, and even the originals are getting a bit long in the tooth.

I'm not shedding a tear or excusing him though - he needs to find a way to market his product that caters to its short-lived nature. Realistically, that probably means he needs to be making his money from things like non-stop live performances in small venues around the country, where fans can get up close to him, for a period of several months after he releases a new album. It's hard work, but it is a lot more honest work than expecting to make a mint off sales of an overpriced product people were forced into buying because you don't give them a pricing option that befits the lack of replay value.

Re:I bought his last album (4, Informative)

RonnyJ (651856) | about 8 years ago | (#15959255)

I'm just wondering where you got this previous 'anti-download' stance of his from? Weird Al does an 'Ask Al' page and here's a quote from 2000 (it's on his website, but it's down at the moment so I can't link):

I have very mixed feelings about [Napster]. On one hand, I'm concerned that the rampant downloading of my copyright-protected material over the Internet is severely eating into my album sales and having a decidedly adverse effect on my career. On the other hand, I can get all the Metallica songs I want for FREE! WOW!!!!!

He's previously said that his biggest problem with internet downloading is that many files on the internet are incorrectly labelled with him as the artist, some of these being much more offensive than his actual material.

DRMed CD? You don't mean Enhanced CD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959340)

Because I sure had no problem ripping that with Exact Audio Copy, maybe you should get a better ripper/CD-Rom drive!

Thought a new album was due from him soon... I am going to be buying this since I prefer to have a CD copy and to rip/encode/tag/etc the stuff myself.

Like it (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959076)

Downloaded it.

And in other news... (4, Funny)

PixieDust (971386) | about 8 years ago | (#15959078)

The RIAA begins researching ways to silence this insolent artist who seems hellbent on allowing people to access music (even if it IS his music) for free. They've been cheated out of their share. The following were just decided on by the super secret RIAA meeting on financial vengeance. Step 1. Get Angry Step 2. Talk about how you're cheated. Step 3. Sue Wierd Al and anyone who downloads the song (it says explicitly do NOT download the song,. it's in the title!) Step 4. ???? Step 5. Profit!

Step 4 ???? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959240)

Step 4. Settle out of court with Gradma.

Weird Al vs MC Lars (5, Funny)

therpham (953844) | about 8 years ago | (#15959083)

Weird Al and MC Lars should have a rap battle about music piracy. They'd sell millions of records. Or have millions of downloads. Or soemthing.

Re:Weird Al vs MC Lars (4, Interesting)

Shads (4567) | about 8 years ago | (#15959224)

Lars... yah, what an asshat. I used to be a big metalica fan, then the whole mess with napster and live recordings and etc... I lost all respect for them as a band, they're trying to get rid of everything that initially 'made' them as a band. F'that.

Napster BAD! [campchaos.com] (as if you haven't seen it)

I can understand that artists want to get the money for the work they're doing... I respect that. Hell, I've even mailed artists money in the mail when I've downloaded songs I really liked (prior to itunes mostly) and I've had some good responses back from them doing that and some interesting t-shirts and signed stuff too I might add. Shrug, the whole drm, screw our fans, etc... it just gets on my nerves.

In the end the fans aren't the only ones hurt the bands are too.

Re:Weird Al vs MC Lars (1)

nolife (233813) | about 8 years ago | (#15959393)

I think he is an asshat as well but my opinion started at the Black album and had nothing to do with Napster. I actually saw them in concert two years ago and it wasn't bad because they played a lot of older stuff, plus my box seats were free from my employer.
In recent years, they attempted to swing back to the old school style they had but it has not worked for me. In fact, I lost complete interest in them and only hear the newer stuff on various satellite stations on occasion.

Hey Lars, I have nothing you've made in last 15 years and I would never waste my bandwidth and time downloading it when I see it so don't blame me for your money problems. Blame yourself.

Re:Weird Al vs MC Lars (3, Informative)

Bruitist (987735) | about 8 years ago | (#15959449)

I'm pretty sure he was referring to the rapper, MC Lars [mclars.com]

Keanu? Is that you? (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | about 8 years ago | (#15959110)

His MySpace page is most excellent.

Was this summary written by Keanu Reeves?

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959157)

No, it was obviously written by the other guy... um... Bill?

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (1)

snowgirl (978879) | about 8 years ago | (#15959263)

Well, at least they didn't write "excellentest", that just wouldn't be cromulent.

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959207)

Wowa...

How did you know that?

(I thought about adding some emphasis to select words in this post, but decided that would be very un-Keanu)

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (1)

MajorDick (735308) | about 8 years ago | (#15959264)

Now thats the funniest shit Ive read here in a long time.

Kudos

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (1)

Prune (557140) | about 8 years ago | (#15959335)

I don't get it.

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (2, Informative)

zptao (979069) | about 8 years ago | (#15959455)

Reference to: Bill and Ted's Most Excellent Adventure.

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (1)

benicillin (990784) | about 8 years ago | (#15959382)

hahahahaha.. that line reminds me of those saturday night live episodes with tobey maguire playing keanu reeves in celebrity jeopardy...

Re:Keanu? Is that you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959419)

Was this summary written by Keanu Reeves?

Bogus!

Okay, where? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959112)

I'm serious. Where? I see the text from the blurb on the page, but no link in sight. I bring up a list of all links on the page, and none features an mp3 extension. This is not the first time this happens with me on a "MySpace" page. They all seem so busy and totally unreadable with weird disposition and imprecise language.

Re:Okay, where? (1)

Scorchmon (305172) | about 8 years ago | (#15959176)

Took me a few minutes to find it, but just go here:

http://www.dontdownloadthissong.com/ [dontdownloadthissong.com]

Blackened (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959231)

Tried that, but http://www.dontdownloadthissong.com/DDTSecard.html [dontdownloadthissong.com] leads to a totally black screen.

Next time you try to release something on the internet, Al, just post a direct link to the fucking file.

Re:Okay, where? (1)

bgivnin (935177) | about 8 years ago | (#15959260)

On the MySpace page, you can also click on the word Download underneath the song name and download it directly to your PC. Not sure if you need your own MySpace login for that or not, but it worked for me.

Re:Okay, where? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959314)

I of course searched for the word 'download' (that was the first thing I did), and excluding user comments, it occurs ONCE inline, in the part that says: The video for "Don't Download This Song" - directed and animated by the great Bill Plympton [...].

Here's how I'd do it:

Update 2006-08-20 -- Download my new song

Yes, it's true, you can download my new track "Don't Download This Song" here [properly-tagged-file.ogg] , bla, bla [...]

But that's just me. I guess the leave-people-scratching-their-head approach is just as valid in Weird-World.

Another free song (4, Interesting)

RyoShin (610051) | about 8 years ago | (#15959138)

Looks like his actual site server is getting trashed, but the last time I was there you could download another song, "You're Pitiful".

It's pretty app when thinking about the steretypical Slashdot person. :o

From what I can remember, he put it online because some copyright/trademark thing kept him from using it on the next album. Not sure what it was, though. It looks like you can at least listen to it on his MySpace page.

One thing I love about Weird Al's songs is that he does his research. In the song from this "article", he mentions such things as Kazaa. In "All about the Pentiums", he throws out a lot of technical terms.

Weird Al is one of my favorite people ever. He's pretty good to his fans, he fights the true fight, and is hilarious to boot. I can't wait for this next album.

Re:Another free song (5, Informative)

RonnyJ (651856) | about 8 years ago | (#15959183)

There's an overview of what happened over 'You're Pitiful' here [npr.org] .

Basically, James Blunt approved the parody, so Weird Al went ahead and did the track, but then James Blunt's record label objected - so Weird Al released it for free on his website.

"I have a long-standing history of respecting artists' wishes," Yankovic writes. "So if James Blunt himself were objecting, I wouldn't even offer my parody for free on my Web site. But since it's a bunch of suits -- who are actually going against their own artist's wishes -- I have absolutely no problem with it."

Re:Another free song (2, Interesting)

Dragoonmac (929292) | about 8 years ago | (#15959400)

"Weird Al is one of my favorite people ever. He's pretty good to his fans, he fights the true fight, and is hilarious to boot. I can't wait for this next album."

If you check out the preorder page for "Straight outta Lynnwood" it looks like it's a great deal.
$13.98 gets me a full audio CD, A second side with all the tracks in 5.1 PCM, Instrumentals for all the tracks, and 9 music videos (with one from that dude who did ren and stimpy). This album looks too good to pirate!

Pfft (4, Funny)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about 8 years ago | (#15959166)

Weird Al doesn't tag his MP3s when he rips them. For shame.

Re:Pfft (1)

Andrew Kismet (955764) | about 8 years ago | (#15959344)

I noticed that to - after saving DDTS to iTunes, only the title was immediately available. I wrote in Weird Al Yankovic, and assumed the album had the same title as the song :/

A link to MySpace... hmm... (4, Funny)

ewl1217 (922107) | about 8 years ago | (#15959167)

Somebody please tell me that got Slashdotted...

Re:A link to MySpace... hmm... (1)

cranesan (526741) | about 8 years ago | (#15959477)

As mighty as we might want to believe /. is, Myspace has a lot more servers & bandwidth.

Sellout? (0, Troll)

Graviteh (907587) | about 8 years ago | (#15959184)

Does anyone think he is a sellout now?

Isn't it Lynnwood? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 8 years ago | (#15959195)

Hmm, maybe it is a fake.

Nope (2)

drunkasian (734665) | about 8 years ago | (#15959319)

Lynwood CALIFORNIA, not Lynnwood Washington

Re:Isn't it Lynnwood? (3, Informative)

brainboyz (114458) | about 8 years ago | (#15959427)

As stated, Lynwood, CA. Where Weird Al went to highschool, and his parents lived until their recent deaths. Also one-step away from Compton, with about the same reputation: bunch of good for nothing hoodrats trying to be tough and causing problems (as a former resident I can say that with the utmost certainty).

Re:Isn't it Lynnwood? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 8 years ago | (#15959460)

Well, the original post said Lynwood. Here we have a Lynnwood, WA. Place of big hair and drinking.

zerg (1)

Lord Omlette (124579) | about 8 years ago | (#15959197)

I'm reminded of MC Frontalot's Charity Case [frontalot.com] , where he's "begging ya'll to believe his CD isn't free!"

MC Lars (3, Informative)

unixbum (720776) | about 8 years ago | (#15959218)

I think MC Lars had it better:
Download this song [myspace.com]

Re:MC Lars (1)

cloricus (691063) | about 8 years ago | (#15959457)

For those of you in the back rows that hadn't realised by now because you may be a bit thick ... This Weirld Al song is a parody of MC Lars - Download this song...

Don't download it off iTunes, anyway... (1)

Curmudgeonlyoldbloke (850482) | about 8 years ago | (#15959230)

Give to your fans or get screwed by your label? (1)

lullabud (679893) | about 8 years ago | (#15959405)

Maybe he chose to give it away for free rather than let the RIAA screw him and us by snagging an extra 85% of the money we throw down.

Tired of people downloading/copying your music Al? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959234)

Here's what you can do so it won't bother you anymore.

Go find a cliff or a bridge somewhere, then take your entire fucktarded family.
Once there, have all of them jump off to their deaths, and after that jump to your's.
Then it won't bother you anymore and we won't have to put up with your bitching.

Re:Tired of people downloading/copying your music (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959257)

You didn't even read the summary, did you?

Re:Tired of people downloading/copying your music (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959290)

I did more than that, I listened to his fucking song. It is no different than those bitches Madonna and metallica. A lot of other artists are the same fucking way. Personall, all artists that bitch about someone 'stealing' their music should do as I suggested to Fucktard Al-AKA 'Weird' Al.

Best commentary on downloading since Tapster (0)

Megane (129182) | about 8 years ago | (#15959235)

Back in 2000, Spinal Tap (sorry, I don't have a n-umlaut key on my keyboard) borrowed the domain tapster.com [theregister.co.uk] from some sort of brewery interest web site to put up a parody of Napster. Contrary to Nigel's

Re:Best commentary on downloading since Tapster (4, Interesting)

Megane (129182) | about 8 years ago | (#15959248)

Crap. I hit submit by accident.

Back in 2000, Spinal Tap (sorry, I don't have a n-umlaut key on my keyboard) borrowed the domain tapster.com [theregister.co.uk] from some sort of brewery interest web site to put up a parody of Napster. Contrary to Nigel's comment, they actually had a lot of songs up there, mostly Spinal Tap, but they did have at least one "mislabeled" song, which was Zappa's "I am the Slime".

But the Tapster curse lives on, and even the "orignal" tapster.com is no more.

Re:Best commentary on downloading since Tapster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959389)

So your comment got a total score of 7 (at the time this was written)for accidently hitting 'submit'...
Cool.

Weird A.I. ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959269)

Oh, you mean that singer guy...
for a second there I thought someone wrote an A.I. program to download songs for you.
LISP is dead. Long Live LISP!

It's All About The Pentiums. By Al Yankovic [com-www.com]

Speaking of myspace (4, Interesting)

hmccabe (465882) | about 8 years ago | (#15959316)

Since we're already spending so much time here and acting like junior high kids, I want myspace style slashdot profiles. Imagine what this would do to the community. When you read a post and think to yourself "Overweight, Undersexed Wow junkie" you can click the link and see their photos to confirm your suspicions. Plus, think of the fun we'd all have writing the CSS code to design our pages. Instead of harping on people for their grammar, we could point out how their profile page isn't XHTML compliant.

Taco would be everybody's friend by default, but if you're friends with the real CowboyNeal (or a girl) you would totally put that in your top eight.

Our mail system would be IMAP though

Re:Speaking of myspace (1)

boingo82 (932244) | about 8 years ago | (#15959388)

Hah - I was wishing for that this morning. I bet most of the users here would have a bad case of the angles though.

myspace still up? (1)

hollowedOut (940591) | about 8 years ago | (#15959356)

has the slashdot effect failed? or not kicked in yet? seriously, weirdal.com is toast, but myspace is still chugging along.

will nothing slay this horrid beast?

Fear mongoring (-1, Troll)

jonfr (888673) | about 8 years ago | (#15959376)

He is wrong, this type of fear mongoring hiding as a humor is just pathetic. His comparision in the song is ridiclus, it also smells like he don't know anything about computer and how they can help him to become more faimus. Also, according to myspace TOS, myspace is now free to do whatever it wants with his song. He got owned hard.

Direct Link (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959415)

For those without flash: http://www.dontdownloadthissong.com/tracks/DDTS.mp 3 [dontdownloadthissong.com]

AL You ROCK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959474)

AL YOU DA BEST! :)

  world better place because of you!

  Thank you for bringing smile to my face since I was a kid! :)

Stupid Safari (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15959480)

Stupid safari wouldn't let me save the mp3... I wonder what I'm doing wrong?

Oh well.

curl -O http://www.dontdownloadthissong.com/tracks/DDTS.mp 3 [dontdownloadthissong.com]
mv DDTS.mp3 ~/Music
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